FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'SPEECH AND DRAMA', AND 'DRAMA' LESSONS?
In a 'Drama' lesson students focus on learning performance based skills and often will work towards a large group production or performance. Although 'Speech and Drama' classes cover drama techniques and skills, students do not present a large scale performance. Speech and Drama classes focus on small group and individual work covering skills in public speaking, speech, poetry, drama and confidence.
Content covered includes;
having the confidence to read aloud in class or at assembly
support with speech performance and delivery particularly for the different styles of speechmaking - to entertain, inform, persuade or demonstrate.
speaking clearly in front of others or on the phone
learning how to read and deliver poetry and short characterisations
work with impromptu speeches and the art of improvisation
accepting offers from others in theatre sports activities
Learning the art of extempore speaking
Liturgical readings (as requested)
Developing movement and team work in small group drama projects
Incorporating facial expression and gesture into speeches/storytelling/performance.
ultimately having fun.
CAN MY CHILD DO INDIVIDUAL CLASSES OR DO YOU ONLY HAVE GROUP OPTIONS?
All students are encouraged to join group classes as this enables them to work with peers and develop the confidence required to interact with others.
If you would like individual lessons please contact me to discuss this further.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED?
Pricing for all courses is available on application.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE IN A GROUP?
Speech and Drama and Public Speaking classes are organised into small groups (six students maximum) based on their age and school year placement. This ensures that they work with like minded individuals and content can be tailored to be age appropriate. Terms run alongside the school terms and students will have eight lessons in each. Lessons are 60 minutes in length.
Group drama classes are larger in scale as students are working in large groups to develop their performance skills on stage.
I WOULD LIKE MY CHILD TO DO AN EXAM - HOW DOES THIS WORK?
In the Speech and Drama course students have the option of entering Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama examinations. Should they prefer to sit Trinity College London examinations this can be organised on request. Although examinations are optional they provide students with an opportunity to put their learning into practice while gaining certification.
Another great way to put learning into practice is through The Auckland Speech and Drama Competitions. These are held in September and students have the option to enter items should they wish.
Please note examinations and competitions are additional costs. Contact me for specific details.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD MISSES A LESSON?
Catch up days for public holidays are already included in the term timetable. I am unable to refund for any lessons missed due to sickness or absence. Students will continue to receive any handouts missed during their period of absence.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A CLASS IS FULL?
Should a class be full you will be added to the waiting list and I will endeavour to get you into a lesson as soon as possible.
MY CHILD HAS NEVER DONE SPEECH AND DRAMA BEFORE BUT THEY ARE 15 YEARS OLD. WILL THEY BE OKAY IN A SENIOR CLASS?
Yes - content and skills are tailored to be age appropriate. Examinations however can be sat at any level, so dependent on their confidence and ability we can find an examination level suitable even though they are working in a senior class.